Paul Ince: King Klopp can bring the Premier League title to Liverpool

Former Red Paul Ince on why Liverpool are back where they belong - challenging for titles

We’ve only played a third of the season, so it’s too early to say for certain whether this is Liverpool’s year– but the fact is they are up there at the top and playing some of the best football around. You can’t deny they’re strong contenders. Liverpool are competing from the offset and that is huge.

They really should have won the title in 2013/14 under Brendan Rodgers, but their season unravelled against Chelsea and Crystal Palace. Now they have the right manager in Jurgen Klopp. He brought Borussia Dortmund their first league title in nine years and has that league-winning experience under his belt. He will know how to ground the players.

The brand of football they’re playing is great – it’s exciting and they are a joy to watch. 32 goals in 13 games says all you need to know. They’ve hit four or more goals past five different teams already this season! The fans really feel that something special could happen this year. I know how much the fans want it. They would love that Premier League title and they deserve to be up there with the big boys.

Sir Alex Ferguson always used to say to us that the season really starts in March. What you have to do as a team, is position yourself around that top three or four so when the real pressure is on in March, and there’s only eight or nine games to go, you’re in with a real chance of winning it.

A lot can happen between now and March and injuries, suspensions and dodgy referee decisions can all derail your title challenge. Philippe Coutinho has been fantastic this year, but now could miss the whole of December. How will that effect Liverpool’s season? There are still plenty of issues that can happen before the real crunch-time – it’s how Liverpool deal with that which is important.

It feels right to see Liverpool up there after years of missing out. They should be at the top of the table and contending for titles because they are one of the greatest clubs in the world. Finally they are back where they belong.

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